March 29, 2013 |
No current general manager in baseball played the game at its highest level more than Ruben Amaro Jr., and it molded how he evaluates talent. For eight seasons, he was a bench player. He earned $1.25 million in salary. Before that, he was a 23-year-old prospect at single-A Palm Springs. Amaro walked 105 times in 115 games during the 1988 season. He led the California League in walk percentage. "I don't care about walks," Amaro said in January. "I care about production. To be frank with you, I've said this all along.
March 25, 2010 |
Former major league star Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. The former pitcher for the New York Mets and Yankees had his 5-year-old son in his vehicle at the time of the two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Franklin Lakes (N.J.) police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich said. Police said no one was injured. Gooden also was charged with child endangerment and motor vehicle violations, authorities said.
May 27, 2010 |
I'm the GM, Part I Despite a miserable 15-30 record the Houston Astros say they are not attempting to trade righthander Roy Oswalt, who recently said he would like to go to a contender. "I've got a small window," Oswalt told reporters on Friday. "I've got two years left, and I'm trying to get back to the playoffs. I haven't been there since '05. " To which general manager Ed Wade offered the following acid response: "Roy's contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause.
November 19, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Angels could have crumbled when pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April, overcome by waves of grief and sadness. Mike Scioscia, of Springfield, Delaware County, kept them moving forward. "There wasn't one defining moment," he said. "I think as the season started to evolve guys found that sense of purpose to play baseball again and they played it at a very, very high level. " For his deft touch during a trying season, Scioscia won the AL Manager of the Year award yesterday for the second time.
July 14, 2009 |
So much for the plan to have Manny Acta's patient optimism lead the Washington Nationals out of the doldrums. The abysmal won-loss record became too much to stomach, costing him his job at the All-Star break and adding another layer of instability to the worst team in baseball. Acta was fired after the team reached the unofficial halfway mark of the season with a 26-61 record, on pace to clear the 100-loss mark for the second consecutive year. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo - himself an interim placeholder - announced Acta's dismissal yesterday morning.